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AFMedic09

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  1. You are right. They rated me for bladder injury, which should be rated under voiding dysfunction. In ebenefits it lists interstitial cystitis status post TVT for urinary incontinence. Voiding dysfunction doesn't have a rating schedule for 30%? Not sure why this was even applied? Waiting on my envelope so I can start filing the Form 9. Love your quote, BTW. Thank you!
  2. My NOD never made it to BVA (that I know of). It was transferred from my RO (St. Pete) to Fargo RO and the review officer called me, set up a C&P, and then made a decision to overturn. (Va.gov said: "Veterans Benefits Administration agreed with you and overturned their initial decision"). I am seeing a VA urogyn. who is treating my IC. I had the best of the best (one who was conducting IC research at Shands until his grant ran out and the VA picked him up), but he retired in 2017. I had to start using catheters in 2015. The cocktail I mix up to instill in my bladder was designed by h
  3. Comp. filed 4/2015. C&P 8/2015 Denied 12/2015 NOD filed 12/2015 8/2018 NOD sent to FARGO RO from St. Pete due to backlog 11/11/2018 New C&P 11/30/18- APPEAL COMPLETE IN EBENEFITS VA.Gov showed Appeal Granted The Veterans Benefits Administration has agreed with you and overturned the previous denial. 12/4/18 - EBENEFITS AB8 updated (at 6 p.m.) to reflect increase rating from 60% to 70%. Ebenefits also updated SC list at this time to reflect new SC'd conditions So, from this I see they combined my IC with my already SC'd TVT bladder sling/in
  4. Thank you! As soon as I receive word, I will post an update. I hope they rate me fairly as well, but after dealing with is appeals process...my faith is very low.
  5. Adkins7B, FYI, my ebenefits was updated as appeal complete. Historical Appeals lists it as closed. No updated SC's. The disabilities I was appealing were IC and GERD. I checked VA.gov and saw this: Current Status The Veterans Benefits Administration granted your appeal The Veterans Benefits Administration agreed with you and decided to overturn the original decision. If this decision changes your disability rating or eligibility for VA benefits, you should see this change made in 1 to 2 months.
  6. It also says, "Appeal of your December 2015 Claim Decision - Granted" Now I have to wait to find out what their actual decision is...
  7. Yes, I appealed the original SOC that stated I was not service connected. That was back in 2015. My case was transferred from St. Pete VRO in June of this year to Fargo VRO. I spoke with the case manager in August who set up another C&P, which I completed on Nov. 11th. Ebenefits on Tues. said "Appeal Pending - Statement of Case" and another blurb receiving my form 9 and about sending documents to the BVA (I posted about this earlier in the week). Thurs. I called Peggy who told me to hang tight for my VA letter and call them again in a week or so if I had not received an update.
  8. So, last Tues. I logged in to ebenefits and saw they had sent me an SOC for my appeal. My appeal then moved to "Your form 9 has been received we are gathering ...to send to BVA". Anyway, I called the 800# where a kind man told me to keep checking ebenefits and wait to go to the DAV as more information on how to proceed should be updated soon. I checked today and it said "APPEAL CLOSED" in my disabilities it showed no changes and the two issues I am appealing "Not service connected", which it has stated since I filed the claim in 4/2015. I decided to check VA.GOV. It shows my ap
  9. Doc25, I will keep fighting. Ebenefits changed to Appeal complete with no change in my status (IC and GERD still show "not service connected"). I am guessing I was denied again. I will have to file the form 9 and keep pushing on. The GERD I have no idea how they can deny, because I have EGD results and medical records of visits for this condition and proof of history of medications, plus been treated from VA since separating from service in 2009. The IC, I have service records for painful urination and incontinence. I had a cystoscopy in service just prior to my TVT bladder sling (wh
  10. Thank you all. I know this will be difficult to be SC'd for, but I believe I should have (and would have) been diagnosed in service if they knew anything about painful urination or painful bladder syndrome back then. They just treated me with medication and antibiotics back then. The specialist at the VA ( who had been working with Shands from a grant to study IC) told me this has likely been my issue all along. I now have to cath twice daily. I will continue the fight until I can't fight any more. I called the 800 # today and he told me to disregard the "We have received your form 9", be
  11. Still fighting....had a second C&P exam Nov. 11th. and now movement in ebene.(see below) I'm guessing they have denied me again despite my evidence and being on Prilosec all these years...unbelievable. I have just signed up for representation through DAV as I have been doing all of this myself up until this point. I have completed the POA for them...I will call them and see what they can tell.. Table of Claims Latest Progress Status Description Received 03/02/2016 Appeal Pending - Statement of the Case (SOC)
  12. Hello all. I have been appealing a decision I was given on a compensation claim in 2015. Today I checked ebenefits and the message changed: Table of Claims Latest Progress Status Description Received 03/02/2016 Appeal Pending - Statement of the Case (SOC) VA has received your Form 9 and will begin completing final actions regarding your appeal before it is sent to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Date not available This change occurred 11/26/2018. I had a C&P exam for this appeal
  13. I filed a claim for GERD in April of this year. I had a C&P last month. I loaded medical records from service of an upper GI that was done and the reason it was ordered according to the medical form filled out by the doctor was "DYSPHAGIA HX GERD" . I just received my denial letter stating "the medical evidence of record fails to show that this disability has been clinically diagnosed". I don't know what more I could have sent to them to prove this was diagnosed in service? I have been treated by the VA since I got out of the military in 2009 with Prilosec daily, and still have some d
  14. Timeline on my retro in FL in case anyone is curious on timeframes for secondary SC: Filed claim: 24 Apr. 2015 Up and down the progress chain back and forth for three months, until 5 Aug. 2015 when Preparation for Decision.(again) ebenefits showed increased rating: 7 Aug. 2015 Retro direct deposited: 18 Aug. 2015 White envelope received: 19 Aug. 2015 Two items deferred, pending VA exams. Totally happy with the speed at which this was decided. Helps to underline, highlight, and connect all the dots for them.
  15. SemperAye, Just wanted you to know I posted in the "success" forum. I found out today I am rated 60%, with two contentions (the ones I added after my C&P, GERD and IC) still deferred. Not seeing any information on retro yet, but wanted to let you know. I hope you have gotten good news and haven't got back to let us know yet. :) Keeping my fingers crossed for you.
  16. My hysterectomy secondary to my SC TVT Bladder sling and Pelvic organ prolapse was approved. I am now: 30% hysterectomy, 30% migraines, 20% TVT Bladder Sling. Deferred items: GERD and Interstitial Cystitis (These were submitted separately after my C&P exam on Aug. 9th). Total rating currently 60% from 40% previously. I noticed also they put in Hysterectomy (Increase) along with the deferred items? I am waiting on the Notification letter. Nothing in the payment area at this time. The letter states effective date is: August 1, 2015, but I filed on April 24th, 2015. I am just thankful f
  17. SemperAye, Not trying to hijack, but we are going through a similar case. I wanted to let you know my ebene. changed to Prep. for Decision today and states "Accepted". However, it says "Requested Documents are Past Due", but when I click the date link for the claim, it shows no pending documents requested, and nothing needed from me. Very confused. Watching your status, because I am hoping it is good news. :)
  18. I am in the same boat. Just had a C&P in July, and have had continuous treatment from the VA on the issues claimed and not had C&P's for. I'm still Gathering Evidence today. I hope you are close to getting some good news!
  19. Question SemperAye - Did you have C&P's for all of the conditions you are waiting to hear back on?
  20. Yes. I spoke with them this morning. My claim (I posted a long detailed layout on this forum earlier today) was in Pending Decision, but then went to Gathering of Evidence when another claim was combined with it. However, ebene. says they need no further information, and "Initial Review Complete". So, I have not seen this before, so I called Peggy. The gentleman informed me my claim is in the Decision phase, and the rater is undergoing a "Complex Exam Review" with the physician at this time. I am guessing this means it was sent for a Decision, but the higher ups had a question and are get
  21. My claim is undergoing Case Review as well. Hopefully that process doesn't take too long, but does take long enough for them to get it right. Good luck!
  22. I am in Case Review at this point. Fingers crossed!
  23. I am guessing a female would know the answer, but don't mind to talk to an experienced male contributor. Anyone with experience willing to listen, and answer what will (hopefully) be an easy question once the details come out? Would rather send p.m. than to post it all here if possible. (No offense, but personal).
  24. Just got off the The phone with a Veterans representative who said reopen the claim after surgery and submit hysterectomy as secondary condition (caused by already service connectes disabilities) and it will be service connected
  25. I moved shortly after being rated and have misplaced my ratings letter. (I requested a new one be sent to me today, but that will take a few days). I found my ratings on this site from when I posted about receiving my letter. My question is that when I was rated the rectocele and cystocele were still pending further development. Since that time I received a letter stating I was given a 0% rating, and that it was connected to my bladder sling rating of 20%. Seeing that the hysterectomy is to correct the cystocele and rectocele, does that mean they will no longer be tied to the bladder sling
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